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tv   Way Too Early With Willie Geist  MSNBC  March 4, 2011 5:30am-6:00am EST

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on the bill that would strip public workers of collective bargaining. the question is will the democrats blink and lose those rights or hold their ground and lose those jobs? and in a murphy brown moment, hike huckabee goes after natalie portman for glamourizing single motherhood. the question is, so being engaged to be married doesn't count either? he's tough. it's "way too early" for this. good morning, i'm willie geist, it's "way too early," the show that glamourizes the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll culture of news. glad you are up this morning watching on msnbc or listening on sirius radio. text the word awake followed by your response to 622639.
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we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this friday, march 4th. speaker john boehner going there on entitlements saying he is willing to take the political hit to reform those big dollar programs. and rahm emanuel meets face to face with the man behind the really, really fake rahm twitter handle. first the news live at 5:30 a.m. at 30 rock in new york city. moammar gadhafi's regime is expected to face a key test today as opposition leaders call for mass protests in tripoli following friday prays. ahead of the demonstrations there are reports that secret police loyal to gadhafi have swept through the capital arresting hundreds of protesters. there is also word that libyan warplanes are bombing a military base held by rebels in an eastern town. for the first time president obama is publicly calling on
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gadhafi to give up power and to leave the country. >> let me be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it's good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> concerns that the situation in libya could deteriorate into a humanitarian crisis, president obama said he is looking at every option. >> are options military and nonmilitary that we are considering, and we will make them on watts best for the libyan people and minimizing harm to citizens in the process. throughout this we will send a clear message that it's time for gadhafi to go. with respect to our willingness to engage militarily, what i've instructed the department of
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defense as well as our state department and all those who are involved in international affairs to examine is a full range of options. i don't want us hamstrung. i want us to make decisions based on what's best for the libyan people in consultation with the international community. >> the president did leave open the door to not-fly zone, something secretary gates warned against. amid the ongoing violence, obama said he approved the u.s. of military aircraft to help migrant workers and other refugees return to their native countries. the white house is proposing to trim $6.5 billion from the federal budget, though congress reached a deal this week to keep the government running for two more weeks, another deadline is looming in mid-march. yesterday joe biden carried the offer to capitol hill where he met for about an hour with top
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republican and democratic leaders. the proposal falls short of the more than $60 billions that the house voted on last month to slash from funding levellers, however the offer is characterized as an opening bid. house speaker john boehner telling the "wall street journal" he is determined to offer a budget that curbs social security and medicare despite the political risks. according to the congressional newspaper "the hill" boehner assured president obama he will not attack the administration if he makes a proposal to reform entitlement spending. still the president has reportedly not taken boehner up on the deal yet to touch the so-called third rail of american politics. after 17 days of round the clock demonstrations, pro union protesters are no longer spending the night in the wisconsin capitol building. about 50 protesters left peacefully last night after a judge ruled while people can have unrestricted access to the building during normal business
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hours they are not allowed to sleep there overnight anymore. scott walker said he will begin issuing thousands of layoff notices today if his bill to reduce collective bargaining rights does not move forward. >> ultimately they know if we don't have a sign -- if we don't have action by tomorrow, we have a legal as well as a moral obligation to send out notification to the unions foretelling that beginning the first week of april, 1,500 state employee also have to be laid off. >> 1,500 employees having to be laid off adding more pressure to the awol democrats. there is a provision that allows police to arrest them if they are seen in wisconsin, essentially holding them in contempt. on msnbc last night, one of those state democratic senators said he and his colleagues are staying put.
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>> we are serious about this. coming back going after our parking spots, extortion with our paychecks, being arrested. reallocating staff, cutting off privileges, we have been honest and up front as to why we are here and what we would like to see happen to move this forward. this is what we get on return. i think they should spend more time concentrating on the problem in wisconsin rather than wasting time. >> the rhetoric over labor-related legislation is reaching a fevered pitch on capitol hill, yesterday a democrat took to the floor to defend labor unions. there's a big stake on these questions in ohio as well. brown saying dictators like adolf hitler and joseph stalin also opposed unions. >> as a nation i looked back in history at some of the worst governments we had, you know what they did? they went after the trade unions.
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hitler didn't want unions, stalin didn't want unions. mubarak didn't want unions. i'm not comparing what's happening in columbus to hitler and stalin, but history teaching us that unions are a positive force in society that creates a middle class and protects our freedom. >> a press secretary for the national republican senatorial committee later seized on brown's remarks releasing a partial video with a headline that brown invokes hitler in his latest political attack. the video did not include brown's insistence that he was not comparing the efforts to cut bargaining rights to hitler and stalin. a federal judge in florida who declared president obama's health care law unconstitutional is allowing it to be implemented in the 26 states that challenged the overhaul while the obama administration pursues an appeal. district judge said it would be extremely disruptive and cause significant uncertainty to stop the law from being rolled out.
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vincent also made it clear he was not happy about how slowly the case is making its way through the courts and said if the government does not appeal within seven days, the states can consider the law invalid. in an effort to repair strained relations, president obama and mexican president, felipe calderon, have agreed to deepen their cooperation in fighting drug violence along america's southern border. speaking yesterday, president obama said the u.s. takes some blame for drug gang violence that claimed the lives of 15,000 mexicans just last year. >> we are very mindful that the battle that president calderon is fighting inside of mexico is not just his battle, it's also ours. we have to take responsibility just as he's taking responsibility. >> calderon also said the release by wikileaks of state department stables criticizing
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mexico's anti-drug fight caused serious damage with its relationship with washington. both leaders agreed to open mexican highways tow trucks, a step that would put the u.s. in compliance with the 1994 free trade agreement. military officials in afghanistan say they expect the taliban will start mounting a spring campaign to regain ground lost to u.s. troops last year. however commanders in kabul say their soldiers are in better position to fend off the insurgency. president obama apologized for the deaths of nine afghan children in a coalition air strike this week. earlier in the day, obama met with his national security team for his monthly meeting on afghanistan and pakistan where the white house says he underscored the importance of international support for peace and stability in the region. and four years after a retired fbi agent vanished mysteriously inside iran, u.s. officials say they have proof
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that he is alive and may be imprisoned in southwest asia. it remains unclear who is holding robert levinson, but the man's family said they are tremendously encouraged by the break in the case. iran also ways denied about hav information about levinson, but the u.s. is asking for the country's help in the matter. let's look at the markets now as we get up in your business this morning. hi, rebecca. we did see a strong close yesterday in the states. the nasdaq was up by 1.8% by the end of the session. it looks like we should add a few more points on today's gains as we get up and trading today. jobs. lots of focus on jobs. yesterday we heard that the jobless claims last week fell by 20,000, the lowest in more than two and a half years. while that bodes well for the big jobs number we're getting later today, that february
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nonfarms payroll, this number is crucial to how people feel about the outlook for the u.s. economy and for that matter for the global economy as well. the expectation is that the u.s. economy will have added some 200,000 jobs. if you remember, last month this number was really disappointing. it looks like this month we could see a bit of a pick up coming through on the jobs number. the unemployment figure, that is expected to come in around 9.1%. back to you guys. >> we'll get that number live at 8:30 this morning on "morning joe." thanks. still ahead on "way too early," the same week that mike huckabee questioned president obama's world view, he goes after best actress natalie portman for glamourizing single motherhood in her oscar acceptance speech. and a tough crowd yesterday, a byu basketball player was kicked off his team for having premarital sex.
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. 5:44 in the morning in new york city. it's 2:44, what we like to call prime time in las vegas, nevada. let's get a check of the weather from bill karins. >> is it school picture day? you're dressed up? >> no, i'll tell you what i tell everybody, job interview. >> good luck with that. take me on as your assistant. in the middle of the country, this is the concern, flooding. we have rivers at flood stage in many areas. the mississippi river, the ohio river. now we have more rain heading over this region.
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we have flood watches from buffalo, pittsburgh, indiana, nashville, st. louis and the memphis area. we are expecting about one to two inches of rain on top of rivers that are already in flood stage. that's where you see the problems are going to be. today, still cool in new england but not quite as cold as yesterday. temperatures today about 38 in new york. florida windy but warm. there's the rain breaking out from chicago down to new orleans tomorrow. by the time we get to sunday, all of that heavy rain makes its way to the east coast. the word of advice, if you're traveling back from your job interview, sunday is the bad travel day on the east coast. saturday looks dry. >> all right. thanks. for sports, the nfl players unions have avoided a lockout for another 24 hours. both sides yesterday agreed to push back the deadline for collective bargaining to tonight at midnight. we hear there might be another extension after that. in his press conference yesterday, president obama was
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asked if he would intervene in the contract talks between the league and the union. >> i'm a big football fan, but i also think that for an industry that's making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way. and be true to their fans who are the ones who obviously allow for all the money that they're making. so, my expectation and hope is that they will resolve it, without me intervening because it turns out i got a lot of other stuff to do. >> that was the first question he answered at a joint press conference with the mexican president. byu men's basketball team is reeling after losing its star center, brandon davies. davies, as we told you yesterday, was kicked off the team this week after he admitted to having sex with his girlfriend before marriage which
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is a specific violation of the mormon school's honor code. yesterday byu head coach dave rose and its superstar player reacted. >> the way i feel about this, brandon did the right thing. his heart is in the right place. i think a lot of people try to judge this. if this is right or if this is wrong. and that's -- that's not the issue. it's a commitment that you make. >> he told us everything. he told us that he was sorry and that he let us down. we held our heads high and told him it's okay. don't -- you know, it's something that's life. you make mistakes. you have to play through it. >> davies came, as you heard from the player, to his teammates and told them he violated the honor code. a pair of shocking finishes in the nba. miami ameet were up 24 points i the fourth quarter against the magic. the messaagic went on a 40-9 ru
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stun miami, despite a combined 57 points from lebron james and dwayne wade. it was the second comeback from orlando's franchise history and it all happened in the fourth quarter. jazz and nuggets, utah trails denver by five in the final seconds. devon harris nails a three to bring utah within two. freeze the video here. just inbounds it safely. one second left. the game is basically over. let's see how that goes. roll the tape now. we will see how denver handles the situation. he fumbles it. denny martin fumbles the inbound pass. all kirilenko has to do is make the layup. 6'11", ties the game. let's go to overtime. what? no? that was at the buzzer. that is just about as ugly of a finish as you will see. jazz lose to the nuggets 103-101. at the top of the hour on
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"morning joe," a huge friday show. jack welch, harvey weinstein and harold ford jr. we will talk to them about president obama's handling of the crises. and when we come back, we'll watch a late night street fight between colbert, stewart and now fallon? [ male announcer ] achievement: embraces mondays. ♪ achievement: loves working capital. ♪ achievement: puts receivables to work. ♪ achievement: expects a lot of itself. cfo: cash flow options, helping business achievers better manage their cash flow. pnc. for the achiever in us all. ♪
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chances are if you're up at this ungodly hour enjoying this critically acclaimed program, you might be missing out on a little sleep. and a new study shows you're not alone. if you want to sound smart, tell your friends that more than a third of americans get less than seven hours of sleep each night, a deficit that could put their health at risk, that's according to the cdc. the same number of people have said they have fallen asleep by accident during the day. sound familiar? the cdc says sleep difficulties are associated with a variety of diseases and limits of mental functioning. let's huddle up around the water cooler to talk about a 2011 murphy brown moment. this time with mike huckabee playing the role of dan quayle and natalie portman as murphy brown. governor huckabee was on a radio
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show this week and got lost in this other talk with huckabee with president obama's colonial world view and what have you. he questioned whether or not natalie portman should be glamorizing single motherhood. she is engaged, just not married to the father of her child. let's listen. >> one of the things that's troubling is that people see a natalie portman or some other hollywood starlet who boasts, hey, look, we're having children. we're not married, but we're having these children. they're doing just fine. most single moms are very poor, uneducated, can't get a job, and if it weren't for government assistance, their kids would be starving to death and never have health care. it's unfortunate we glorify and glamorize the idea of out of children wedlock. >> natalie portman thanked her fiance who was a choreographer in "the black swan."
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they're engaged to be married, but governor huckabee still coming after her for that. on "late night" last night, did you know jimmy fallon got his own brand of ben & jerry's brand of ice cream? now there's some smackdown. steven colbert got one years ago called "ameri-cone dream. let's watch this. >> not fair. >> you son of a [ bleep ]. >> you -- bring it! >> i don't know what i'm doing in a fight between you ice cream barron's. both with your own delicious flavors named after your own -- you know what? i'm just going home. no. i'm just going to go home and eat my own flavored ice cream "the daily sherbert." >> with who? >> with jon -- with jon
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stewberry. >> jimmy fallon's flavor is late night snack. rahm emanuel finally met face to face with the guy behind his phony twitter account. we have been telling you about this for a couple of weeks. it's incredibly hilarious. this guy pretends to be rahm emanuel and fires off profane tweets. yesterday they finally met in a radio studio. >> relax, man. >> i'm so not relaxed. >> you have tenure, don't worry. it really came to my attention when a number of people e-mailed and/or called and said you -- what are you doing? i said what do you mean what am i doing? it was friends who heard me a few times. they said there was a confusion. when we followed it. that's how it came to my attention. a number of people took it seriously. or they thought it was close
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enough to my voice. my old voice. >> that was on wednesday. the guy is dan sinker, a 36-year-old columbia college journalism professor. still ahead, texts and e-mails and "morning joe" moments away. what can you do with plain mashed potatoes? when you pour chunky beef with country vegetable soup over it, you can do dinner. 4 minutes, around 4 bucks. campbell's chunky. it's amazing what soup can do.™ ♪ [ male announcer ] unrestrained. unexpected. and unlike any hybrid you have ever known. ♪ introducing the most fuel-efficient luxury car available. ♪ the radically new... 42 mile per gallon ct hybrid from lexus. ♪ welcome to the darker side of green.
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